Malcolmia: Virginia stock
Height 20cm (8in)
Mid spring to autumn
Theof Malcolmia maritima, an easily grown 20cm (8in) high hardy annual, have a delightfully old-fashioned look. Little cross-shaped blooms, they come in white, pink, red, lavender and purple (usually sold as a mixture) and have a sweet scent. If sown in succession from early spring to mid summer they will produce flowers from through to autumn – expect flowering to begin four weeks after sowing, and to continue for six to eight weeks.
Sow the seeds thinly between early spring and mid summer in ordinary well-drained soil, preferably in a sunny site. Rake the seed into the soil so it is only just covered. It’s important to scatter the seed thinly as seedlings are best left to grow into one another to form a drift. Virginia stock self-seeds freely.
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